A beautiful story of support and love
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|Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:19am|
They set off yesterday and arrived to find out that Wal-Mart, AAFES and Land's End (who are sending 500 sweatsuits!!!!) were supporting these soldiers as well. But they were met with open arms and a need for shoes. So Sherry and Debbie took the monies they had and purchased 27 pairs of shoes. Here is a snipet of the email I received from Sherry.
"We talked with two wounded soldiers. One young man was in a wheel chair and the other had pushed him down to the donations room to get some civilian clothes. The man pushing already had on his sweat suit and shoes he wore a smile but he also wore war wounds. His arms were wrapped in thick bandages. I have no idea what happened and could never have asked him to tell me. I can only imagine. The soldier in the wheelchair was in his hospital gown.
There were only a few shoes to choose from and none in his size. Loretta had us put ours in a storage room to be sorted. The sad soldier looked up and said, “Do you have shoes?” I said with a humbled smile, “Yes, we have many brands and sizes – we just brought them into the storage room. Would you like a pair?” He said, “If that is ok, yes.” I asked what size and he said, “9 ½…..please.” We tucked a card in the box that we had made at church and returned to him with his shoes. I laid the box in his lap, removed the lid for him and he smiled. He and his friend both smiled and said, “Thank you, thank you so much. You are so kind.” I had to fight the tears. I could not believe he was thanking US!! It told both of them, “No, THANK YOU for all that you have done!” His buddy, in high spirits, gladly took a card that we brought for him as well. I smiled at them through tears and we said good bye, take care. A moment I will never forget."
The power of prayer, love and hope are never expensive. No matter how small or how large the gesture it is always appreciated.
Edited 4/1/2003 4:21:17 AM ET by cl-americanarose
Edited 4/1/2003 4:24:40 AM ET by cl-americanarose